Friday, March 09, 2012

Homemade Granola

Since I eat yogurt for lunch every day (I know I'm a creature of habit) I'm always looking for ways to change it up a little. So last night as I was standing in front of the granola at the grocery store, I looked at the prices and thought, "are you kidding me?" The prices were crazy expensive! I refuse to pay those prices for something I can make myself. 
So when I got home I started searching for granola recipes. Can I just tell you there are so many recipes out there for granola that I had to stop reading, it was giving me a headache -haha!! So hopefully I'm not copying any recipes without giving credit, I just started with what I thought were the basic ingredients, a few texts to my sister, and guess what? I made granola!
You can use any combination of ingredients you want. I didn't feel like adding too many ingredients today, I don't always like walnuts or coconut in my granola, and I'd rather add my fruit separately because let's just say I'm not always in the mood to eat raisins or dried blueberries. Since I always have sunflower seeds and sliced almonds on hand that's what I used. I read on several blogs that you can package this in small bags and tie a little ribbon around them and give the granola bags as gifts. How cute is that! Well anyway, aside from the distractions, this is what I did:
2 cups rolled oats (I used the old-fashioned kind)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 tsp sea salt
I mixed these together in a bowl. 
1 T melted coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Then I mixed this into the dry ingredients. I lined a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the granola over the paper. My oven was preheated at 320F and I baked it for 10 minutes. Take the granola out and flip everything over with a spatula and place back in the oven for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on the pan for about 20 minutes (or until cool). Store in a sealed container. You can double the recipe, it makes the perfect amount for about 2 people. It's SO yummy and NOT expensive! I can hardly wait to make my strawberry yogurt parfait!

Love and peace.
~ Simply Tammi

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